2018 NFC championship game: 10 fast facts for Vikings-Eagles

The Vikings are one win away from becoming the first team to host a Super Bowl.

Standing in their way are the pesky Eagles, who will be home underdogs for a second straight week. Sunday’s NFC championship game is also a battle of the two best defenses in the NFC.

Minnesota is 6-1 on the road since Week 5, tied for the best road record of any team in that time. Additionally, they rank in the top five in both yards allowed per game (298.9) and turnover differential (plus-4).

Philadelphia running back LeGarrette Blount ran for his ninth postseason touchdown last week, tying him for the seventh-most postseason rushing touchdowns in NFL history.

Last week, Minnesota wide receiver Stefon Diggs became just the fourth player in franchise postseason history with more than 130 receiving yards and more than one receiving touchdown in a game, and the first since Sidney Rice in 2010.

Philly PD commissioner Richard Ross Jr. also advised businesses that plan to be closed Sunday to take precautions against fans who might be celebrating a Philly victory.

To avoid any problems with celebrants … on Sunday, January 21, 2018, the 15th Police District respectfully request and suggest that if you own a business located in the area of Frankford and Cottman Avenues, and your business will be closed, that you have grates locked and secured in order to protect your property. Please remove anything outside your business — trash cans, flower pots, etc.

If you are a bar owner, the 15th District is requesting that you sell alcoholic beverages in plastic cups and refrain from selling take-out bottles.

That’s in contrast with Papa John’s, which cut its earnings growth expectations for the year and saw its stock fall by about 10 percent Wednesday. In reaction, CEO John Schnatter said, NFL leadership has hurt Papa John’s shareholders.

Boston TV station features Aaron Hernandez in tweet about Patriots’ AFC title game win

A Boston television station tweeted a questionable file photo to accompany an article about the Patriots’ victory over the Jaguars in the AFC championship game Sunday.

The issue was going to come if it happened between warm-ups and postgame during that five-hour window on Sunday.

Based upon the pregnancy timeline, Wood believed there was a chance that delivery could happen since Leslie gave birth early to the couple’s daughter Grace.

Michigan State shot 68.2 percent, which set a record at State Farm Center for an opponent’s shooting percentage. Illinois shot 43.1 percent.

Kipper Nichols led Illinois (10-11, 0-8) with a career-high 27 points. Trent Frazier and Leron Black added 13 and 12, respectively.

In unrelated incidences, Eagles fans were also seen booing and hurling unopened beer cans at Vikings fans as they entered the stadium. No wonder some Minnesota travel agents were warning Vikings fans about possible dangers if they were traveling to Philadelphia.

Asked if Dejounte Murray would continue to start at point guard, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said, We’ll see.

Murray had eight points, seven rebounds, four assists and four turnovers in 28 minutes.

A little different, so I guess we’re figuring where we need certain things (with Parker) coming off the bench to start the game, Spurs guard Danny Green said. Trying to get a happy medium of getting some fast pace, slower pace, getting it inside, working outside, but turn the ball over a little less, move it a little bit better.